Dio – Holy Diver

“Holy Diver” is a song recorded by heavy metal band Dio. It was released in August 1983 as the lead single from the band’s debut album of the same name. When played on the radio, many stations cut the extended instrumental intro sequence.

The music video for “Holy Diver”, directed and edited by Arthur Ellis, features Dio as a hairy barbarian adventuring through a desolate church (the then recently burnt-out St Mark’s Church, Silvertown in east London, which is now a music venue). First he strikes a shrouded figure and his hobgoblin friend with his sword, but instead of killing them he turns them into rats. He later visits a blacksmith who is forging a sword. He throws his sword in the trash and deftly catches the newly forged one. Walking through a corridor, he encounters three seated hooded figures. As the camera pans across them, the third slowly raises its head to reveal eyes resembling those of a cat. The final shots show Dio exiting the church.

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